Charles Rosekrans / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Strings

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AllMusic Review by Matt Borghi

The strings were first orchestral instruments to reach their modern state, and they have always been at the very core of the ensemble. There's also an extensive repertoire of music originally written for strings that has been adapted time and again by composers and conductors alike. With Telarc's 2001 release of Royal Strings, Maestro Charles Rosenkrans and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have created an anthology of some of the most lyrical and varied selections from the vast string repertory. Royal Strings spans over two hundred years of music. The recording opens with an uneventful reading of Felix Mendelssohn's Allegro Moderato from his. The second piece on this recording is a rather staccato and quick interpretation of Ralph Vaugh-Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves, like many interpretations of this work it's either done too fast or too slow, and rarely just right, fortunately Cleo Gould's lush violin work is the saving grace for this piece as you can almost hear the bow on the neck of the instrument as she wistfully caresses the notes from the strings. The third track on this recording, Antonin Dvorak's Moderato is uneventful and bland, almost without character; but the work that follows, Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni's dirge-like Adagio for Strings may, quite possibly, be the freshest rendition of this piece to date. Cleo Gould brings this piece to life as well with her gently evocative violin performance. Royal Strings moves on through six more tracks of uneventful and overly programmed works. Gould's performances on this recording are the highlight. This recording is worth having just to hear the pieces that she plays on. This is a well done recording, but the works on the recording have been done quite a bit and Maestro Rosenkrans doesn't breathe new life into any of the performances, they are, merely, rerecorded.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20
1 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Rosekrans 15:28 Amazon
2 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Rosekrans 04:40 Amazon
Serenade for string orchestra in E major, B. 52 (Op. 22)
3 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Rosekrans 04:42 Amazon
4 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Rosekrans 10:38 Amazon
Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48
5 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Rosekrans 04:07 Amazon
Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626
6 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Rosekrans 03:52 Amazon
String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111
7 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Rosekrans 07:50 Amazon
8 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Rosekrans 04:44 Amazon
String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
9 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Rosekrans 07:01 Amazon
String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135
10 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Rosekrans 11:57 Amazon
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